Informant Spent Four Years Pushing Muslim Women
DALLAS — June 7, 2016 — Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a charitable civil liberties legal fund, agreed to support the legal defense of Asia Siddiqui, 31, of Queens, NY, who authorities are accusing of talking about unspecified acts of terror at an unspecified location against unspecified targets (Case 1:15-cr-00213-SJ).
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Siddiqui on March 31 after an undercover informant spent roughly two years encouraging Siddiqui and her former roommate to plot an act of terror – even going as far as printing bomb making instructions for them. The two were officially charged in the Eastern District of New York for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction, and material false statements.
Khalil Meek, executive director of MLFA, said this case is a textbook example of misusing informants to entrap innocent people and further demonstrates the need to reform how federal law enforcement utilizes its resources.
“No one will argue against legitimate efforts to keep America safe,” said Meek. “But wasting resources on manufacturing bad guys from mentally, emotionally or financially vulnerable Americans instead of going after real criminals is a dereliction of duty that only places America at greater risk from those who actually seek it harm.”
Meek said that the FBI has foiled more plots of its own creation than those by actual wannabe terrorists, which he claims places America at greater risk that real terrorists will go undetected. He also expressed concern that the indictment criminalizes lawful thought, saying that prosecuting people for their beliefs is tantamount to thought crime with the FBI acting as thought police.
“We may not agree with everyone’s beliefs, but each individual has a right to those beliefs if we are going to function as a free and democratic society,” added Meek. “White supremacy is irrational, but no law enforcement agency is rounding up people for believing in it.”
If convicted, Siddiqui could face life in prison.
Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation’s civil liberties.